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MP submits grilling request against Education

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 19: MP Saleh Ashour submitted Thursday a grilling request against Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Nayef Al-Hajraf on the continuous deterioration of the educational system. Ashour pointed out that education is the main pillar of development; hence, failure to improve the sector entails suspension of the national development process. He accused the minister of committing constitutional and administrative violations; causing dissatisfaction among the people, including the teachers. He said the country will not achieve its development goals unless the educational system is improved. The interpellation focuses on four issues - prevalence of administrative corruption in the ministry, biased recruitment procedures, lack of safety regulations in educational facilities, and failure to take the necessary action against employees engaged in immoral activities. On the other hand, MP Safa Al-Hashem submitted queries to State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al-Sabah on the unemployment problem.

She asked if there is any plan to address the problem, while demanding for a comparative report on the unemployment rates in 2012 and 2013. She wants to know why the ministries still employ foreigners despite the presence of qualified Kuwaitis. She asked about the percentage of foreign advisors in ministries compared to their Kuwaiti counterparts. She also inquired about the procedures taken against private companies, which failed to comply with the specified percentage of Kuwaiti workers and the ministry’s plan to assign ‘mystery’ clients to evaluate the performance of employees objectively. Meanwhile, MP Abdullah Al-Tamimi submitted a draft bill requiring the government to provide training for parents or anyone who cares for children with disabilities.

He explained the bill is aimed at tapping the potentials of these children to become productive members of the society; in addition to helping the caregivers communicate easily with the children and to overcome difficulties. In another development, MP Ali Al- Rashid said the silence of the State Security, government and Amiri Diwan on the alleged plot against the regime, embezzlement of public money, manipulation of constitutional rules and results of elections is unacceptable. “If these rumors are true, we will be the first to defend the legitimacy and public money. If not, those who spread such rumors must be held accountable because national stability and security are red lines that should not be crossed,” he asserted.

Furthermore, MPs Riyadh Al-Adsani, Osama Al-Tahous, Safa Al-Hashem, Hussein Al-Quwaian and Ahmed Mutei Al-Azmi submitted a draft bill to amend Article 11 of law number 12/1963 on the parliamentary bylaws. The lawmakers proposed adding the following clause, “A competent and experienced secretarygeneral must be chosen for the parliamentary work with tenure of four years renewable only once.” Article Two of the bill stipulates its implementation immediately after the tenure of the incumbent secretary-general.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim and Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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